Bands to Watch #40: Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and The True Loves

By on Friday, 14th November 2008 at 11:47 am

Jive back in time with Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, a soulful young talent hailing from Massachusetts in the U.S. Alongside his band, The True Loves, Eli’s vintage sounds wouldn’t have been out of place on the MoTown roster of the 60’s. Just 24 years old, it is quite amazing to hear such retro tunes coming from such a young man. Heavily educated in, and influenced by music before his day – Eli’s Redding-esque sound is so very authentic in comparison to the modern day soul of Amy Winehouse and Welsh lass Duffy – an artist whom Eli has even bagged support slots for over the pond in America.

You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking you had accidentally clicked onto James Browns’ MySpace when you first check out Eli’s site. The soulful screeches that bound from The Satisfier echo the legendary soul man, while tracks such as Take My Love With You and Doin’ the Boom Boom provide the listener with powerful blasts of energy inclining them to twist ‘n’ shout. Furthermore, tunes such as ‘Am I Just Fooling Myself’ prove Reed is prone to the odd heart wrenching ballad too.

Eli’s album, ‘Roll With You’, is out now. Check out the soulster on Later with Jools Holland on BBC 2 this week, or even better, why not see him live? Eli is currently on tour throughout the U.K and Europe, November to December – catch him if you can and boogey on down!

MP3: Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and The True Loves – The Satisfier

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